The 2018 Film Release Calendar: Films Without Release Dates (M-Z)
It’s January, which means it’s preview time up here at B+ Movie Blog.
I don’t really peruse other places, but if I were to guess, I would say I’m the only person that goes this deep on their preview coverage for a year. I go month to month based on what’s scheduled to come out, preview like 200 extra movies that you probably have never even heard about as of now, and then bring back all the stuff from last year and previous years that I’ve been tracking that hasn’t come out yet. I’m not the kind of person who just goes, “Oh my god, Avengers! Wrinkle in Time! (Insert other movies the studios are paying us to talk up to fit the narrative to get us more clicks)!” If you ever see a slideshow from me, then you know I’ve given up.
The reason I do this is purely for me, though I imagine anyone stumbling on this will get something out of it to. What I try to do is preview everything so I’m aware of it when it comes out, and, to make it interesting for myself, try to guess what I’m gonna think of it when I do see it. That way, I can see what films surprised me or disappointed me from every angle (before, during and after).
Today we’re going over the films that don’t yet have release dates.
A theater director’s latest project takes on a life of its own when her young star takes her performance too seriously.
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
An advertising executive jumps back and forth in time between 21st century London and 17th century La Mancha, where Don Quixote mistakes him for Sancho Panza.
Terry Gilliam’s long-cursed film finally reaches the finish line. They made a documentary over 15 years ago about how this movie seems to be cursed and destined to never get made. Gilliam has been trying for so long to get this made. And every time it came close, something happened.
Finally, we’re here. Jonathan Pryce is Don Quixote, Adam Driver is the advertising executive. Olga Kurylenko is in this, as is Stellan Skarsgard. I’m just happy he finally got to see this one through.
3.5 stars. Gilliam films are always really solid.
Mandy is set in the primal wilderness of 1983 where Red Miller, a broken and haunted man hunts an unhinged religious sect who slaughtered the love of his life.
So this looks like Nicolas Cage running around, murdering people.
No synopsis. Adam Robitel directs, Deborah Ann Woll and Tyler Labine star.
Measure of a Man
A bullied teen experiences a turning point summer in which he learns to stand up for himself.
Coming of age. Hopefully it won’t be too stupid or sappy.
The story of a boy growing up in Los Angeles in the 1990s.
Jonah Hill wrote and directs this.
Stars Katherine Waterston and Lucas Hedges and Jerrod Carmichael.
Hopefully this will be his Lady Bird.
The Miracle Season
After the tragic death of star volleyball player Caroline “Line” Found, a team of dispirited high school girls must band together under the guidance of their tough-love coach in hopes of winning the state championship.
Could be a religious type movie, but I don’t think so. I think it’s just a standard uplifting sports movie.
Was gonna go 2.5 stars, but William Hurt is in this, so 3 stars.
Monsters and Men
The aftermath of a police killing of a black man, told through the eyes of the bystander who filmed the act, an African-American police officer and a high-school baseball phenom inspired to take a stand.
An eclectic band of misfits becomes an unlikely family as they take a wild journey in the name of love while on the run from an overzealous FBI duo who wants them dead or alive – preferably dead.
Most Likely to Murder
When Billy, the coolest kid in high school, comes back to his hometown 15 years later to find he’s no longer cool and the girl he still has feelings for now dates the former town outcast, Billy becomes obsessed with proving the outcast is actually a murderer.
Nancy becomes increasingly convinced she was kidnapped as a child. When she meets a couple whose daughter went missing thirty years ago, reasonable doubts give way to willful belief.
Oh, this could be interesting.
Never Goin’ Back
Jessie and Angela, high school dropouts, are taking a week off to chill at the beach. Too bad their house got robbed, rent’s due, they’re about to get fired, and they’re broke.
David Lowery’s wife directs this. This sounds right up my alley
On November 22, 1963 CBS newsman Walter Cronkite is given the task of reporting on live television about President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Texas..
Seth Rogen is Walter Cronkite. David Gordon Green is directing. Can’t see this coming out this year, but I’ll follow it just in case. Since this could easily shoot soon and be out for Oscar season.
The lives of two sisters living in France are torn apart at the onset of World War II. Based on Kristin Hannah’s novel ‘The Nightingale’.
It’s in prep, and allegedly is gonna shoot. So I’ll track it and see if that happens.
A weathered lieutenant, his police force, and a local vigilante are all caught up in a dangerous scheme involving a recently arrested, troubled man who’s linked to years of female abductions and murders.
Stars Henry Cavill, Alexandra Daddario, Ben Kingsley, Minka Kelly, Nathan Fillion… and Stanley Tucci.
Ode to Joy
No idea what it’s about, but it has Morena Baccarin, Melissa Rauch, Shannon Woodward, Martin Freeman, Jane Curtin and Jake Lacy. So sure.
On the Basis of Sex
The story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights and what she had to overcome in order to become a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
The Notorious RBG. Finally getting a movie.
Mimi Leder directs. She directed Deep Impact and Pay It Forward back in the day. Recently, she’s done a bunch of Shameless and The Leftovers.
Stars Felicity Jones as RBG, as well as Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Kathy Bates, Sam Waterston, Jack Reynor and Stephen Root.
3.5 stars. This feels exactly like a 3.5 star movie. On this alone, I can tell you exactly where this will end up come December.
15 years after World War II, a team of secret agents are brought together to track down Adolf Eichmann, the infamous Nazi architect of the Holocaust.
This is awesome. I love the Eichmann story and I’m glad they’re turning it into a movie. If you ever saw The Man in the Glass Booth, with Maximilian Schell, it’s very loosely based on the Eichmann story.
Directed by Chris Weitz, who did A Better Life, The Golden Compass, About a Boy and American Pie, it stars Ben Kingsley as Eichmann, Oscar Isaac, Haley Lu Richardson, Melanie Laurent, Nick Kroll and Joe Alwyn.
A re-imagining of Hamlet, told from Ophelia’s perspective.
Female director. Female writer. All good things.
Daisy Ridley stars as Ophelia, Naomi Watts is Gertrude, Tom Felton is Laertes, Clive Owen is Claudius, George MacKay is Hamlet. This all sounds like perfect casting.
I’m down to see if this is any good.
Out of Blue
When Detective Mike Hoolihan is called to investigate the shooting of leading astrophysicist and black hole expert, Jennifer Rockwell, she is affected in ways she struggles to comprehend.
Mike Hoolihan. What a name. Even better, Mike Hoolihan is being played by Patricia Clarkson. This also stars Jacki Weaver, James Caan, Toby Jones, Aaron Tveit and Mamie Gummer.
It’s a detective story, so I’m down more than most.
A true David v Goliath story of how the great 14th Century Scottish ‘Outlaw King’ Robert The Bruce used cunning and bravery to defeat and repel the much larger and better equipped occupying English army.
David Mackenzie wrote and directed this. It’s his followup to Hell or High Water. Stars Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Florence Pugh.
Could be 4. Should be 4. But it’s Netflix. As good as it might be, I’m tempering expectations.
The Parts You Lose
A young boy in a small North Dakota town befriends a potentially dangerous fugitive.
Directed by the creator of Halt and Catch Fire and written by Darren Lemke. Stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul. Sounds good.
The Party’s Just Beginning
Karen Gillan wrote, directed and stars in this. I like when actors get into directing. I hope they all do really well at it.
Party of the Century
About an unexpected love story between a working-class elevator operator and a Hollywood ingénue, both of whom score coveted invites to Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball.
Directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, who did American Splendor, The Nanny Diaries, The Extra Man, Girl Most Likely and 10,000 Saints. Somewhat diminishing returns, but they’re directors I will perk up for when I know they’re directing something.
This stars Chloe Moretz and Garrett Hedlund. Hasn’t shot yet, so no guarantee it ever does. But still, I’m interested.
The Peanut Butter Falcon
The Peanut Butter Falcon is an adventure story set in the world of a modern Mark Twain that begins when Zak (22), a young man with Down syndrome runs away from a nursing home where he lives to chase his dream of becoming a professional wrestler and attending the wrestling school of The Salt Water Redneck. Through circumstances beyond their control Tyler (32), a small time outlaw on the run becomes Zak’s unlikely coach and ally. Together they wind through deltas, elude capture, drink whisky, find God, catch fish, and convince Eleanor (28), a kind nursing home employee with a story of her own to join them on their journey.
Stars Dakota Johnson, Shia LaBeouf and Jon Bernthal. Oh, and Thomas Haden Church, John Hawkes, Bruce Dern and some wrestlers. Mick Foley and Jake ‘the Snake’ Roberts. So yeah.
I think they’re gonna pull this off.
This could be the sneaky indie darling of the year.
Peppermint is a revenge story centering on a young mother who finds herself with nothing to lose, and is now going to take from her rivals the very life they stole from her.
So a revenge thriller starring… Jennifer Garner.
It’s not like she hasn’t done this before on TV, so I’m not that surprised.
The director did District B13 (great), Taken (awesome), From Paris with Love (enjoyed the shit out of it), The Gunman (not great), and now this.
I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt.
A solid 3, but 3.
The story of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre where British forces attacked a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Manchester.
This is a Mike Leigh movie. So 3.5 stars. He can go 3, 3.5 or 4. I’ll split the difference. I know he makes quality, even if they’re not always for me.
A man kisses his wife and baby goodbye and seemingly heads away on business, with a plan to check into a hotel, call an escort service, and kill an unsuspecting prostitute.
Well, that’s a plot.
Directed by the guy who did The Eyes of My Mother, which was all sorts of fucked up and good-looking.
Stars Christopher Abbott, Mia Waskikowska and Laia Costa.
I think this is gonna be really solid.
A love triangle involving a photographer, a director and an actress.
James Franco directs this.
Why do I do this to myself? These never come out unless Tommy Wiseau is involved.
A big-game hunter for zoos who has booked passage on a Greek shipping freighter with a fresh haul of exotic and deadly animals from the Amazon, including a rare white Jaguar – along with a political assassin being extradited to the U.S in secret. Two days into the journey, the assassin escapes and releases the captive animals, throwing the ship into chaos.
Starring Nicolas Cage.
Done. Don’t need anything else. I’m done.
An author (Hahn) is undergoing multiple fertility therapies to get pregnant, putting her relationship with her husband (Giamatti) on edge.
Tamara Jenkins wrote and directed this. Her last movie was The Savages, which was great.
Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti star.
3.5 stars. Jenkins’ movies seem to be highly personal and that is what makes them authentic. So let’s stick with that being what we’re getting here.
Agnes, taken for granted as a suburban mother, discovers a passion for solving jigsaw puzzles which unexpectedly draws her into a new world – where her life unfolds in ways she could never have imagined.
Oren Movermen wrote this and Marc Turtletaub directs. His last movie still hasn’t seen the light of day after six years.
Kelly Macdonald stars. I’m in.
A Rainy Day in New York
Two young people arrive in New York for a weekend where they are met with bad weather and a series of adventures.
This is Woody Allen’s new movie, and it might never come out now. Which is wrong. Just fucking put it out and let no one see it.
Stars Timothee Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Rebecca Hall, Jude Law, Liev Schreiber, Diego Luna and Selena Gomez.
3 stars is my blanket Woody Allen rating, so there we are.
The story of Joan Stanley, who was exposed as the KGB’s longest-serving British spy.
That’s cool. Judi Dench is the older version of Joan. I’m down.
The Red Sea Diving Resort
An Israeli agent runs a secret Mossad operation with a ragtag team of spies to smuggle thousands of persecuted Ethiopian Jews to safety under the cover of a fictitious diving resort in 1981.
Stars Chris Evans, Haley Bennett, Ben Kingsley, Greg Kinnear, Michael K. Williams and Alessandro Nivola. Directed by the guy who created the series Homeland is based on.
Richard Says Goodbye
A college professor lives his life with reckless abandon after being diagnosed with a terminal illness.
Starring Johnny Depp, Zoey Deutch, Rosemary Dewitt and Danny Huston.
This director also did Katie Says Goodbye, which has yet to come out. I don’t know what to make of these movies. But I want to see what kind of similarities they have.
A financial reporter travels to Rio de Janeiro to visit a wealthy friend, only to get sucked into a plot to fake his friend’s death.
Luca Guadagnino is directing this. It hasn’t shot yet. He’s still finishing Suspiria. But it’s so interesting that I’m tracking it early.
Stars Michelle Williams, Jake Gyllenhaal and Benedict Cumberbatch. I was in yesterday.
The film follows a nameless ex-Nazi captain who navigates the ruins of post-WWII Germany determined to atone for his crimes during the war by hunting down the surviving members of his former SS Death Squad.
Has’t shot yet. But it’s directed by Justin Kurzel, who did Macbeth, and (allegedly) stars Gal Gadot. Doubt that second one comes to fruition, but still, I’m interested.
Saturday at the Starlight
Teens, tweens and crooks all hang out at the local roller rink one night during the 1990s.
Synopsis sounds interesting. 3 stars.
A big box store worker reinvents her life and her life-story and shows Madison Avenue what street smarts can do.
I feel like this is a Jennifer Lopez vehicle. Also in it are Vanessa Hudgens, Leah Remini, Milo Ventimiglia, Larry Miller, Dave Foley and Charlyne Yi.
This might be sneaky Unforgivable. Let’s see what happens with this.
The mysterious past of a fishing boat captain living in the Caribbean comes back to haunt him, ensnaring his life in a new reality that may not be what it all seems.
Steven Knight wrote and directs. His last movie was Locke, so I’m down for whatever he wants to do.
Stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Diane Lane, Jason Clarke, Djimon Hounsou and Jeremy Strong.
All around, this should be very solid.
Set It Up
A co-workers hatch a plan to set up their bosses on a date.
A young couple’s relationship develops quickly when one of them is diagnosed with a life-changing illness.
The cast is really solid.
When an American diamond trader’s Russian partner goes missing, he journeys to Siberia in search of him, but instead begins a love affair.
Starring Keanu Reeves.
That’s all I needed.
Sierra Burgess Is a Loser
A case of mistaken identity results in unexpected romance when the most popular girl in high school and the biggest loser must come together to win over their crushes.
It’s based on Cyrando de Bergerac. See the wordplay with the name?
Netflix is putting this out, which is how I heard about it.
2.5 stars. Netflix high school movies tend to be… iffy. So let’s stay average and see where we go.
A Simple Favor
A mommy blogger in a small town discovers her best friend has vanished.
Directed by Paul Feig, who did Ghostbusters (ehh), Spy (liked a lot), The Heat (hated), Bridesmaids (fine). Mixed bag.
Stars Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively.
I guess… 3 stars?
I hope this isn’t Unforgivable.
The Sisters Brothers
In 1850s Oregon, a gold prospector is chased by the infamous duo of assassins, the Sisters brothers.
This has been a John C. Reilly passion project for years. He got Jacques Audiard to direct it and Joaquin Phoenix to co-star with him. They also got Jake Gyllenhaal, Rutger Hauer, Riz Ahmed and Carol Kane to be in this.
I’m so excited for this movie.
A childless, single, broke, stoner attempts to salvage her failing business and love life while falling in love for the first time with a married man.
3 stars. Sounds indie solid.
Sorry to Bother You
In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, black telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success – which propels him into a macabre universe.
The director of this movie is named Boots Riley.
Stars Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer, Terry Crews, David Cross, Danny Glover.
The Souvenir: Part I
A young film student in the early 80s becomes romantically involved with a complicated and untrustworthy man.
Contemporary Thriller – A “happily married” professor, known for having many affairs with students, becomes the prime suspect when a young woman is found murdered.
Guy Pearce, Pierce Brosnan. Done.
Stan and Ollie
Laurel and Hardy, the world’s most famous comedy duo, attempt to reignite their film careers as they embark on what becomes their swan song – a grueling theatre tour of post-war Britain.
Stars Steve Coogan as Laurel and John C. Reilly as Hardy. Danny Huston is Hal Roach.
The strange story of the infamous 1973 hostage crisis in Stockholm.
Director did the Chet Baker movie with Ethan Hawke. Stars Noomi Rapace, Mark Strong and Ethan Hawke.
Based on the beloved book, Storm Boy is a highly emotional tale of a young boy growing up on the beautiful but uninhabited coastline of Southern Australia who unexpectedly rescues and then raises three orphaned pelicans. When he forms a close bond with them, he finds himself at odds with his fisherman father and his life takes a new and unexpected turn.
Stars Jai Courtney and Geoffrey Rush.
Sounds like it’ll be sappy, but fine.
Strange But True
A woman surprises the family of her deceased boyfriend by telling them she’s pregnant with his child.
Stars Nick Robinson, Margaret Qualley, Brian Cox, Amy Ryan, Greg Kinnear and Blythe Danner.
A cynical college professor takes a keen interest in a talented young writing student.
Stars Stanley Tucci and Addison Timlin.
A coming-of-age story about the complexities of young romantic relationships.
Stars Justin Chatwin, Analeigh Tipton, Victoria Justice, Ellar Coltrane and a bunch of twenty-somethings you may have seen in other things.
No synopsis. New movie by the guy who did Sleight. Stars Kiersey Clemons and Emory Cohen. I like seeing this crop of interesting young actors in things, so I’ll track this.
Sweetness in the Belly
Lilly, orphaned as a child, experiences her parents homeland of England, escaping civil war. She becomes the heart of a disenfranchised community in London, where she attempts to reunite people with their families. But her friend Amira discovers Lilly’s mission isn’t purely altruistic and a passionate lost love affair is revealed between Lilly and Aziz, an idealistic doctor.
Hasn’t shot yet. Gonna star Saoirse Ronan. Hopefully it happens and comes out this year.
A teenager comes of age in a small Australian town during the 1970s when a 200-ton blue whale gets washed up on a local beach.
Written and directed by Stephan Elliott, who did Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Trailer looks fun.
A small group of former classmates organize an elaborate, annual game of tag that requires some to travel all over the country.
An investigation into one woman’s memory as she is forced to re-examine her first sexual relationship and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive.
Stars Laura Dern, Elizabeth Denicki, Jason Ritter, Common and Ellen Burstyn.
Violet is a shy teenager living in the Isle of Wight who dreams of pop stardom as an escape from her small town and shattered family life. With the help of an unlikely mentor, Violet enters an international singing competition that will test her integrity, talent and ambition.
Written and directed by Max Minghella.
Them That Follow
No synopsis, but I like the cast. Walton Goggins, Olivia Colman, Kaitlyn Dever, Thomas Mann, Alice Englert, Jim Gaffigan.
A veteran race car driver and his son, a fellow driver, overcome family and professional conflicts, balancing competition, ego, resentment and a racing nemesis to come out stronger on the other side.
Starring John Travolta and Michael Madsen.
Over/under on a guaranteed Tarantino reference at some point during the movie? 100%?
Trial by Fire
The tragic and controversial story of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed in Texas for killing his three children after scientific evidence and expert testimony that bolstered his claims of innocence were suppressed.
Ed Zwick’s new movie. In pre-production, so no guarantee it even shoots or comes out this year, but this could easily be ready in time for Oscar season.
Laura Dern and Jack O’Connell are attached to it.
3.5 stars. Zwick’s movies are usually solid.
The True Adventures of Wolfboy
Follows a young boy who runs away from home in the search of his estranged mother.
Stars Jaeden Lieberher, who’s been the older kid you’ve seen in everything who isn’t Jacob Tremblay. Also has Chloe Sevigny, Eve Hewson and John Turturro.
3.5 stars. Not sure why, just feel like I should.
About a group of guys that go on a birthday weekend trip up to the Catskills in a cabin.
A crew of underwater researchers must scramble to safety after an earthquake devastates their subterranean laboratory.
Weird cast. Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel, John Gallagher Jr., Mamoudou Athie, Jessica Henwick and T.J. Miller.
Vita and Virginia
It’s the fascinating true story about the love affair between socialite and popular author Vita Sackville-West and literary icon Virginia Woolf.
Elizabeth Debicki is Virginia Woolf, which is great. Gemma Arterton is Sackville-West.
Was kinda hoping for a Sackville-Baggins, if you know what I mean.
The Week Of
The parents of a soon-to-be married couple make the final preparations for the wedding ceremony.
Adam Sandler’s new movie.
We Are Unsatisfied
A comedy about the unlikely friendship that kindles between a struggling stand-up comedian from L.A., forced to move back home to Eastern Long Island with his tail between his legs, and a tragically flawed, but charming and charismatic, alcoholic dermatologist. Discovering to be kindred spirits, each helps the other find healing, in addition to the confidence to face the “failures” in their lives.
Stars Billy Crystal, Ben Schwartz, Nate Corddry, Grace Gummer, Jill Hennesy and Kevin Dunn.
When I’m a Moth
An “un-biopic” of the young Hilary Rodham set in 1969, during the unverifiable weeks her autobiography has her working at an Alaskan salmon cannery. A parable about America, political narratives, and the absence of free will.
Interesting. Addison Timlin is Hilary. so I’m in.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette
After her anxiety-ridden mother disappears, 15-year-old Bee does everything she can to track her down, discovering her troubled past in the process.
Richard Linklater’s new movie. Stars Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer, Billy Crudup, Troian Bellisario and Laurence Fishburne.
3.5 stars. That’s the blanket Linklater rating. He never makes something that isn’t worthwhile.
The White Crow
The story of Rudolf Nureyev’s defection to the West.
Ralph Fiennes directs this.
Who Do You Think Would Win
Based on the popular video game, Tekken, tough warrior realizes he is really an animated character in a game who has become self aware. He then embarks on a journey of self discovery in a far away land populated by brutal fighters looking to become number 1.
Well that’s interesting.
Unfortunately the guy behind this also makes a lot of Adam Sandler movies.
3 stars. Begrudgingly. Let’s see if they ruin a good idea.
A blossoming teenager uncovers the dark secret behind her traumatic childhood.
Bel Powley is in this. I’ll see it.
You Can’t Win
A drama set in the 1920s hobo underworld and centered on the unusual friendship between an adventurer and a young prostitute.
This synopsis is amazing.
You, Me and Him
In You, Me and Him we meet lesbian couple Olivia and Alex (Lucy Punch, Faye Marsay) who, despite their age difference, are very much in love. But as the question of pregnancy rears its head and their neighbour John (David Tennant) befriends them, they both start making some truly disastrous decisions.
I have this, so I’ll see it soon.
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